Enough is Enough: Screening Mammography Saves Lives

Anyone who follows medical news in recent years knows that there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the topic of when women should start undergoing screening mammography for breast cancer. However, according to Daniel B. Kopans, MD, professor in the department of radiology at Harvard Medical School, there should be no controversy: Women should be encouraged to be screened every year starting at the age of 40.

 Kopans recently discussed this viewpoint during his presentation, “The Never-Ending Controversy Over Screening Mammography: Enough is Enough,” at the 32nd Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference, held February 26–28 in Miami Beach, Florida. According to Kopans, false arguments have been raised for more than 30 years in an effort to reduce access for women to screening mammography. During his presentation, Kopans addressed several of the “fictions” and “facts” associated with breast cancer screening.

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